Take It To The Streets

  • Jun
  • 4

Take It
To The Streets

In partnership
with Henry’s



Need a little pick-me-up? How’s this: Many of photography’s greats started their careers the very same way you have—by picking up a camera and roaming the streets. And if they can do it, why can’t you?


There’s a reason street photography is one of the most populated genres in the craft. It’s deceptively easy to begin (but takes a lifetime to master, as the adage goes) and requires almost no additional gear; there’s your camera and your willingness to hunt for pictures. And while it can often feel otherwise, the early stages of the passion is incredibly freeing. It’s all about getting used to the rhythm of taking photos in public; getting acclimated to the variety of responses one is bound to get.

Street photography is undeniably one of the best ways to flex your visual muscles and discover what you’re drawn to. Make it a habit to review your images after every shoot and attempt to identify repeating elements; maybe you’re attracted to certain light sources, shapes, and subjects, and perhaps that will compel you to pursue other genres. And don’t worry about taking the term too literally. Street photography is really about public spaces; less about the street per se and more about the life happening on it.

References to keep you inspired:

Invisible Photographer Asia

Feature Shoot

Magnum Photos

The NY Times Lens blog

Women Photograph

British Journal of Photography


Street photography is an incredibly versatile stepping stone into other genres. Check out these photographers who have catapulted their time on the streets into bonafide careers:


Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist)

Who says The Sartorialist can’t be considered a street photographer? This pioneer of the fashion blog as we know it has perfected the marriage between the effortlessness of street and the polish of fashion.


Xyza Cruz Bacani

Hers is arguably one of the most familiar tales among local photographers. Having started out as a street photographer in Hong Kong, Xyza Cruz Bacani now documents under-reported stories of migrant and human-rights issues.


Irving Penn

As an art school graduate, the great Irving Penn would explore his city with a camera in-hand. In addition to fashion and portraiture, he had a regular stint shooting travel essays for Vogue, his longtime collaborator.

We know, we know, it’s not about the gear.
But, hey, we all need a little help sometimes.

As featured in
GRID Volume 03


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